Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the internet...
...Chris Yogerst, a terrific "classic film friend" I've made thanks to blogging, is the author of a brand-new book, FROM THE HEADLINES TO HOLLYWOOD: THE BIRTH AND BOOM OF WARNER BROS. Kristina has reviewed the book and interviewed Chris at Speakeasy. I expect to review the book here later in the year. Looking forward to reading it!
...Coming to Blu-ray and DVD in December from the Criterion Collection: THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950), directed by John Huston and starring Sterling Hayden. It has previously been released on DVD.
...Just released by Criterion: CAT PEOPLE (1942), produced by Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur. I reviewed a previous DVD release in 2013.
...Lana Wood remembers making THE SEARCHERS (1956).
...Here's the trailer for the documentary MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI (2015). There's not yet a U.S. release date.
...Kim Luperi spent Labor Day Weekend at the Cinecon Festival in Hollywood, and she shares her experiences at I See A Dark Theater in Part 1 and Part 2.
...I found this Leonard Maltin story on radio dramas recorded by classic film actors in French of great interest. He interviewed Marsha Hunt, one of a number of French-speaking stars, regarding her memories of performing in the programs.
last roundup I discussed a proposed law to criminalize the publishing of accurate ages of actors who "opt out" at select websites such as IMDb. I regret to say the California's governor signed this bill into law today. I will follow legal developments on this issue with interest; the suppression of factual information on some websites but not others seems a very questionable precedent. One encouraging bit of news from Deadline is that while the new law will apply to paid IMDb Pro accounts, it will not apply to the free side of the site. Still, this law strikes me as wrong for many reasons.
...Last week Lou Lumenick, film critic of the New York Post since 1999, announced his retirement. Lou is a valued member of the classic film community on Twitter, and it's been a pleasure to meet him at past TCM Classic Film Festivals. Best wishes to Lou on his retirement!
...Greenbriar Picture Shows is one of my regular stops, as it's always interesting and wonderfully illustrated. This post on early '50s films about "bad cops" is a great example.
...Coming from Flicker Alley this December: CHILDREN OF DIVORCE (1927), a silent film starring Clara Bow and Gary Cooper. Flicker Alley is releasing the movie in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The film was briefly reviewed by Raquel after she saw it at Capitolfest last month.
...Recent reviews from Mike Clark of Home Media Magazine: The new Warner Archive Blu-ray of LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (1955), which I anticipate reviewing here soon, and a Kino Blu-ray of 3 BAD MEN (1926). I saw that film on DVD last year and expect to revisit it at the upcoming Lone Pine Film Festival.
...Royalty Watch: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in British Columbia today for their tour of Canada. Beautiful photos of William and Kate with their children may be seen at the Daily Mail...Prince Alexander of Sweden was christened earlier this month.
...Notable Passings: Actress Lyn Wilde has passed away at 93. Lyn's twin Lee, with whom she costarred in TWICE BLESSED (1945) and other films, died last year. Lyn and Lee married brothers, musicians Jim and Tom Cathcart; after Jim's death Lyn remarried...Bobby Breen, a child actor and singer, has passed on at 88. His films included RAINBOW ON THE RIVER (1936), HAWAII CALLS (1938), and WAY DOWN SOUTH (1939). Breen's wife of 54 years died the same week.
...For even more classic film and other links, please visit my last link roundup.
Have a great week!